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Welcome the web site of St John the Baptist Church in Holland Road. We look forward to welcoming you to this exotically beautiful church.

The Church is open before during and after regular worship times on Sundays.  In addition the church is also open on Thursday morning.  If however you would like to visit the church outside these times please call Jenny Davenport our churchwarden on 07866 684207  who will be pleased to arrange access if she can.  For enquires please ring the Parish Office on 020 36029873.

St John's has been a place of worship in Kensington since the middle of the 19th century, built on the traditional teaching of the Church and our style of worship and teaching is firmly rooted within the best traditions of the Church of England. For us, as for most Christians, worship is the core around which all of our life revolves.

At the heart of our life is the Eucharist together with the Word of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God in the words of men and women witnessing to Jesus Christ, the true Word of God. This combined understanding of the Eucharist as the eternal Word under the appearance of bread and wine, and of the Bible under the appearance of human words, is at the core of our corporate worship.

St John's has been, from March 2006, part of a United Benefice with St George's Church, Campden Hill.

The bells ring daily at noon and 6pm for a minute.

To view the Mission Action Plan for the United Benefice 2016 to 2020 please click here : Mission Action Plan


This Sunday - 20 August 2017
Trinity 10 with Sacrament of Healing

Isaiah 56.1,6-8; Romans 11.1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15.10-28

St John the Baptist, Holland Road
6.30pm - Sung Mass 

Celebrant: Fr Neil Traynor

Preacher: Fr James Heard
Organist: Mark Denza

Refreshements after the service. 


PARKING AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS FOR SUNDAY 27 AUGUST, just to remind parishioners that the Notting Hill Carnival is taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend and that locally many roads are closed, traffic is restricted, residents parking is suspended in some roads, and parking in general will be very difficult. Click on this link for more detailed information

Advance notice: there is no Sunday service at St John the Baptist on Sunday 27 August because of the Notting Hill Carnival.


In case of emergency please contact Fr James Heard on 07867508919

Choral Evensong 2017 at 5pm at St John the Baptist
Sunday 17 September - Petros Singers, Hammersmith
Sunday 15 October - Samen op Weg Youth Choir, Netherlands

St John’s Singers at 6.30pm Sung Eucharist at St John the Baptist
Sunday 10 September
Sunday 8 October
Sunday 5 November (All Souls)
Sunday 10 December (Community Carol Service)

Services at St John's: Over the next couple of months we will be celebrating some of the additional richness of the Church's calendar by remembering some of the Saints and other feasts in our Sunday Service at St John's. The next will be on the 3 September, Beheading of St John the Baptist.

Bible study at St George's resumes after a summer break on 13 September where will be studying Paul's epistle to the Romans. 12 noon eucharist, followed by a simple soup and bread lunch and Bible study ending by 2pm. Novice and expert welcome.

At present our weekly Anglican service is a Sung Mass at 6.30pm on a Sunday. This follows the order set out in Common Worship with a congregational setting for the Eucharist, vestments are worn and incense used. Refreshments are served after the service, you are welcome to join us.  Our choir, St John's Singers, join us on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Voices for St John’s Singers welcome, particularly those coming to music college in London, or down from university choirs this year.

A Priest is available to hear your confession by appointment.

St John's also hosts a thriving Eritrean community, who use the building for worship on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings.


Because St John’s is part of a United Benefice, all information regarding baptisms, weddings, funerals and genealogical enquiries can be found by clicking here to view the Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals' Page on the website of our sister church, St George's Campden Hill.

Fundraising Campaign

A major fundraising campaign is now under way to secure the future of St John’s as a place of worship and a centre for the local community. The first step of our campaign to replace the Church’s large and leaking roof is now complete.  The next stage is to complete the Baptistry roof and develop community space.

We welcome financial contributions - click below to donate via Paypal or contact the office.


The parish office   020 36029873